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I. Rice Pereira
Machine Composition #2
1937
oil
48 1/4 x 60 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost



Irene Rice Pereira borrowed industrial forms for Machine Composition #2, a whimsical cityscape based on the shapes and forms of a power house. Her source was the view from the window of her New York studio: "I used to look in at a power house on Sixteenth Street where I was living, to get the feeling of power houses; and then made my own."